Program and Schedule
Strengthening Today’s Workplace
for a Better Tomorrow
Learning is important in a world where change is constant and the requirements of the workplace are evolving. Employers are scrambling to stay competitive while workers are seeking ways to prepare for their next job.
Organizations want to develop standards and ensure quality by hiring skilled workers. However it is challenging to determine the level of skills and abilities of newcomers and experienced Canadians without the appropriate assessment tools in place. If most adults receive their formal schooling when they are young, we cannot rely solely on academic achievements to determine someone’s suitability for a job, over time.
The focus of the 2012 Recognizing Learning conference will be on employer engagement and how the recognition of prior learning (RPL) can be used strategically to establish a stronger match between job requirements and the knowledge, skills and abilities of the job seeker.
Director of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Pursuing a double career both in adult education and at university, Arne Carlsen has been an adult educator in prison education, education for political refugees, education for unemployed and general education for adults. He was director in the 1990s at the Nordic Folk Academy with training of leaders and teachers in adult education. Before coming to UIL he was International Director at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University and Chair of the ASEM
Senior Vice President,
People Resources and Chief People Officer
McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited
Len began his career with the company in 1972 in London, Ontario as a crewperson. He has worked in a number of mid and senior management positions throughout the Canadian operation including Regional Director of People Resources, Toronto. Len also spent 3 years, from 1995-1997, with McDonald’s Mexico as the Senior Director of Operations.
In January 2002, Len became Vice President of the Western Canada Region, overseeing all aspects of the Western Canadian operation. In December 2005, Len was named to his current role as Senior Vice President, People Resources and Chief People Officer, in which he is responsible for carrying out McDonald’s people vision to become Canada’s favourite place and way to work. Len also oversees McDonald’s in Walmart, where he leverages his relationship management skills and strategic business sense to build this area of the business. Most recently, he took on the added responsibility of overseeing McDonald’s national franchising.
Len has always made it a priority to dedicate his time and expertise to McDonald’s charitable efforts, having served on the Ronald McDonald House in London, Ontario for more than seven years and as a member of the Society for Ronald McDonald House Vancouver. Close
Nova Scotia Minister of Education,
Marilyn More became a Nova Scotian MLA in August 2003. She was re-elected in 2006, and in 2009 she was sworn in as the Minister of Education, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development and Minister of Volunteerism. In 2011, she was sworn in as Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Minister of Immigration, Minister responsible
Ms. More has much experience in public education, community development, volunteer supports and seniors’ issues. She believes "Working together, we can make a difference!" Close
Sunday October 21, 20129:00 am – 4:00 pm
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) PrimerPresenter: Ann Pedersen, Reframed Learning Concepts
This hands-on workshop is designed for participants who wish to learn the basic principles and practices of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL/PLAR) and portfolio development. The relationship of RPL and portfolios to standards and competencies within regulatory bodies will also be explored.
Individual and small group work will provide an opportunity for participants to explore their own experiential learning as a vehicle to gaining deeper appreciation for experiential learning, self-assessment, and transferable skills, as well as an understanding of the value to individuals, communities and organizations.
A Continuing Discussion about Assessment Tools for RegulatorsPresenters: Susan Simosko, author; Ximena Munoz, Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner; Phil Mondor, Senior Vice President, Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council; Chip Dickison, Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association; Bruce Holm, Dalhousie University
Since the publication of Assessing the Skills and Competencies of Internationally Trained Immigrants: A Manual for Regulatory Bodies, Employers and Other Stakeholders in March 2012, CAPLA has received repeated requests for more information about the tools and strategies described in the booklet. This one-day session, developed in response to these questions, will provide an in-depth exploration of the tools and strategies with examples of good practice from various types of Canadian organizations. Topics will include approaches to self-assessment, the development and use of oral assessments (including structured interviews), effective workplace assessment, high-stakes portfolio assessment; the development and use of written tests; and the application of quality assurance principles across assessment contexts.
CAPLA produced the Manual for regulators, employers and other stakeholders interested in assessing the skills and competencies of internationally trained immigrants. This follow-up session goes several steps beyond the Manual and is relevant to the assessment of learners in any context, not only those who are internationally trained. The session will provide an opportunity to continue the discussion and develop answers to key questions readers have posed about the development, implementation and quality assurance of various assessment tools and strategies. (Visit www.capla.ca or www.recognitionforlearning.ca to download the manual).
The session will enable author, Susan Simosko, and other presenters to offer hands-on opportunities to participants to look at the technical, administrative and quality assurance issues relevant to various assessment tools in light of their own organizational or professional needs.
ACCC Recognition of Learning (ROL) Affinity Group
Technology is changing the face of learning and providing opportunities for easier access to formal learning as well as a dramatic increase in non-formal and informal learning. Adults are learning in many different ways, at many different levels and the learning is being customized to the unique needs of the individual. What are the implications of these new technologies for learning? What are these new ways of packaging skills and knowledge going to mean to the way we recognize ALL learning? How will this affect our RPL practices and systems?
Join the ACCC Recognition of Learning Affinity Group for this pre conference day to explore the effects of current and emerging technologies and how we can meet the needs of adult learners through technology. Representatives from Canada’s colleges and institutes will share information on the demographics of learners using PLAR/RPL services, some of the impacts of technology on the way we learn, particularly for learners seeking recognition for prior learning, and share current RPL initiatives using technology. This session will provide the opportunity for participants to discuss and further explore the impact of technology on all types of learning and identify innovative ways to recognize prior learning.
The preconference day will also include updates on RPL initiatives in Canada’s colleges/institutes and a presentation on the ongoing work of the ACCC Transfer, Articulation and Pathways (TAP) Committee.
This pre conference day is planned and hosted by the Coordinating Committee of the ACCC Recognition of Learning (ROL) Affinity Group comprised of representatives from across Canada.
Keynote presentation: Technology: Changing Learning-Challenging RPL Practices
Presenter: Paul Little, Principal, Nova Scotia Community College, Waterfront Campus
Panel Presentation: Responding to the Shifting Demographics of PLAR Candidates and Their Evolving Needs - panel members will present and the presentation will be followed by facilitated table discussions.
Panel Presentation: Highlights of RPL Initiatives in Canada’s Colleges and Institutes - panel members will share key RPL initiatives such as a PLAR Network in Ontario Colleges, Strategic Planning for RPL Quality Practice and more!
Presentation: Update of the ACCC Transfer, Articulation and Pathways Initiative
Presenter: Michèle Clarke, Director, Government Relations and Policy Research, ACCC. This presentation will be followed by facilitated table discussions.
Concurrent Workshop Overviews
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Schedule at a Glance
Sunday, October 21
Monday, October 22
Tuesday, October 23
Wednesday, October 24
Registration & Hotel
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Phone: (902) 422-1886 or 1-877-731-1333
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Email: Conference Secretariat
Conference Registration Fees:
Please note the CAPLA Member and Non-member conference registration fees do not include the pre-conference workshops. There is an additional $195+tax cost to attend the pre-conference workshops.
Cancellation PolicyCancellations received in writing prior to 24 September, 2012 will be charged a $55 administrative fee. Cancellations received after this date will not be refunded. Replacements will be accepted with a request received in writing from the registered participant. Cancellations and replacements should be forwarded to the Conference Secretariat.
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ACCC’s Recognition of Learning (ROL) Affinity Group Networking Dinner
Monday, October 22 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Elements on Hollis Restaurant in the Westin Nova Scotia Hotel
The ACCC Co-ordinating Committee for the Recognition of Learning Affinity Group invites all Recognizing Learning, Skills and Competencies: Strengthening Today’s Workplace for a Better Tomorrow participants to come to an informal networking dinner at 7:30 pm (at your own expense). Hear about what others are doing and share what’s happening with PLAR at your institution/organization! Registration for this event will take place, on site, at the registration desk at the conference.
International PLA Network (IPLAN) Workshop
Live international webcast
Support for RPL: where does RPL ‘fit’ with lifelong learning systems around the world?
Moderator : Gail Hall; Presenters : Arne Carlsen, Director of the Institute for Lifelong Learning, UNESCO; Margaret Cameron, International Education Consultant, United Kingdom; James Keevy, Director, International Liaison, South African Qualifications Authority; Phil Mondor, Senior Vice-President, Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council
Institutional and provincial systems and processes are helpful, but in an increasingly mobile and global society, where does RPL find support through ‘wider systems’? This IPLAN workshop will focus on how equivalency or comparative ‘frameworks’ for learning around the world encompass and provide support for RPL - for academic qualifications, industry certification and workplace learning and recognition.
CAPLA Annual General Meeting
Monday, October 224:45 pm – 5:30 pm
All CAPLA members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Do Nova Scotia PLAR Practitioners Want to Establish A PLAR Network?
Meet and connect, on Tuesday, Oct 23rd from 8:15 am – 8:45 am, with professional colleagues from all sectors of the province’s recognition of prior learning (RPL) community – employment counsellors, academic researchers, human resource managers, immigrant settlement advisors, education and training providers, literacy professionals, government officials and other stakeholders – and be part of a conversation about establishing a PLAR network in Nova Scotia.
Facilitated by Daphne Lordly, Associate Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University.
2012 Canadian RPL Awards
In recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of prior learning assessment and qualification recognition, three (3) Recognizing Learning Awards will be presented for distinguished work in the field.
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